Here I ago again!
I am thrilled and honoured to be riding to Seattle again this year in the Ride to Conquer Cancer. Since the Ride's inception in Vancouver 8 years ago, the Horny Goats alone have raised $3.2 million for cancer research. That's some serious dough, y'all! And it has gone to very good use.
Most of us are aware of Gord Downie's diagnosis - the pictures here are from one of the recent concerts here in Vancouver. It was a brilliant performance and, like many others, I marvel at how Gord Downie has conducted himself. With dignity, with grace, with class.
Cancer patients are like that in my experience. So many of them conduct themselves that way, reflecting perhaps an incredible strength that we all have inside us but might never appreciate except in the most terrible of circumstances. One rode his bike up Cypress Mountain last Sunday to help raise funds for cancer research - despite his doctor telling him not to!
The health care professionals and researchers involved in oncology also continually amaze me. Individually, we have our experiences and one way or another we move on. But there they are on those front lines, day in and day out, and showing their class and strength too. True heroes.
Riding my bike pales in comparison to what these patients and their medical teams go through, but if it keeps helping, I'll keep pedalling.
Cancer research works. I have written in these pages before about the amazing progress that has been made, and continues to be made. Ten year survival rates keep moving steadily higher. There are some exceptions - brain cancers and pancreatic cancers two of the most notable areas where painfully little progress has been made. But we'll get there. I firmly believe that.
I know my son Alex and tens of thousands of other kids would not have survived their leukemia were it not for research done more than 20 years ago and continuing today. Today (one can never know for certain) Terry Fox would have had an outstanding chance of surviving his cancer. With continuing research, I hope that tomorrow the cancers that claimed the lives of Cynthia's husband Bill and my wife Pam will also fall into that treatable category.
And Gord Downie would not be on a farewell tour.
Thank you so much for your support in the past, present and future - it is important work but it means a great deal to me at a personal level as well.
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